IN a very rare case, the family court in Bandra granted divorce to a wife that she was restrained from wearing Jeans and Kurta. The court amounts to cruelty this as defined under the Act.

Dr Laxmi Rao, the Principal Judge of Family Court, Bandra on June 24 granted divorce to a wife on the ground of cruelty as defined under section 27(1)(d) of Special Marriage Act, 1954. However judge observed that objecting to wife wearing Kurta and Jeans and forcing her to wear saree amounts to cruelty inflicted by husband and can be a ground to seek divorce.

The wife has filed divorce petition in Bandra family court.

According to petition, the wife alleged that after marriage in December 2010, her husband did not buy her any clothes. She had purchased Kurta and Jeans from her salary earnings. But her husband did not allow her to wear them, saying she should wear only sarees. On March 15, 2011, she was thrown out of her matrimonial house. She was living her mother’s house at Ambernath in Thane district.

The wife further alleged that her husband sent vulgar SMS messages to her in a bid to harass them and damage their reputation. The wife said she had lodged a police complaint against her husband who worked in a BPO in suburban Malad and earned Rs 28,000 per month.

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